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The long-term preservation of digital audiovisual media presents a range of complex technological, organisational, economic and rights-related issues, which have been the subject of intensive research over the past fifteen years at national, European and international levels.

Although good solutions have emerged, and there is a large body of expertise at a few specialist centres, it is very difficult for the great majority of media owners to gain access to advanced audiovisual preservation technologies. Presto4U focused research efforts onto useful technological solutions, raised awareness and improved the adoption of audiovisual preservation research results, both by service providers and media owners, and with a particular emphasis on meeting the needs of smaller collections, private sector media owners and new stakeholders.

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Project Objectives

In the Presto4U project we were:

  • creating a series of Communities of Practice in the principal sub-sectors of audiovisual media preservation to develop a body of knowledge on the status of digital preservation practice, outstanding problems and needs for access to research results;
  • identifying useful results of research into digital audiovisual preservation;
  • promoting the take-up of promising research results by users, technology vendors and service providers, based on results of hands-on technology assessment, promotion of standards, analysis of economic and licensing models, and provision of brokering services;
  • raising awareness of the need for audiovisual media preservation and disseminating information about the project; and
  • evaluating the impact of the project and develop plans for long-term sustainability.

Presto4U is one of our portfolio of projects in the area of digital preservation, archiving and access. A significant outcome from this ongoing work is a company called Arkivum, which has been spun-out of IT Innovation to provide assured archiving services across a range of sectors.

Project Fact Sheet

The Presto4U project was a 24 month project funded by the EC FP7 framework programme.

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